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Huntsville City Schools starts the ACCESS Fund and changes proof of residency requirements

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At Thursday night’s Huntsville City School work session, the district put in place a check for student residency and announced a new plan connecting students to wireless hotspots.

There’s a new proof of residency requirement throughout the district and parents will need to respond next month.

“If proof of residence is not received by January 29 of 2016,” explained Huntsville City School Assessment and Accountability Director, Cathy McNeal, “Students will have to reapply for the 2016-17 school year.”

The board is asking parents to prove residency. Each student will be asked to bring one of the following current bills to school before the end of January.

  1. Utility bill
  2. Cable bill
  3. Land line phone bill

Students who live within the Huntsville district but are at the wrong school, “Will remain at that school for the rest of the year,” explains McNeal. “And then we will place them for the 16-17 school year at the correct school.”

Students who are identified to be in the wrong district will be moved immediately to the proper school system.

Also at the meeting, an update to the new Omni Fund website. This website acts as a trust fund for the school system. People can support the school system and various projects throughout the district by donating to specific funds.

The ACCESS Fund is set in place for anyone to contribute to math and science projects. For faculty and student households, they receive a wireless hotspot incentive for each monthly donation of $50 or more. This mobile internet resource is called the STEP program: Student Technology Enrichment Program.

Each student ID number permits three hotspot devices through T-Mobile.

Another option for students though T-Mobile will be coming to every school library. After Christmas break, 200 hotspots will be available for checkout throughout all Huntsville city schools.